om·ni·bus | \ˈäm-ni-(ˌ)bəs \

Definition of omnibus 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers : bus took a seat on the omnibus

2 : a book containing reprints of a number of works (as of a single author or on a single subject) The omnibus contained all of the author's short stories.



Definition of omnibus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or providing for many things at once

2 : containing or including many items an omnibus bill

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The adjective "omnibus" may not have much to do with public transportation, but the noun "omnibus" certainly does - it not only means "bus,"but it's also the word English speakers shortened to form "bus." The noun "omnibus" originated in the 1820s as a French word for long, horse-drawn vehicles that transported people along the main thoroughfares of Paris. Shortly thereafter, omnibuses - and the noun "omnibus" - arrived in New York. But in Latin, "omnibus" simply means "for all." Our adjective "omnibus," which arrived in the mid-1800s, seems to hark back to that Latin omnibus, though it may also have been at least partially influenced by the English noun. An "omnibus bill" containing numerous provisions, for example, could be likened to a bus loaded with people.

Examples of omnibus in a Sentence


an omnibus edition of his more popular stories the president's state of the union speech is usually an omnibus look at the issues that the country is confronting

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The White House, however, is reserving the right to send up another package -- likely larger, and touching the omnibus -- at a later date, depending on the success of this one. Cnn's Capitol Hill Team, CNN, "Congress returns this week: 7 things to watch," 7 May 2018 This bill would fund the government through the end of September — the end of the 2018 fiscal year — and come in the form of an omnibus, which jams together 12 individual appropriations bills into one funding package. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Congress is coming down to the wire on keeping the government open," 22 Mar. 2018 The omnibus passed in March gave the Census Bureau more than advocates expected, temporarily assuaging the concern that the census simply won’t be well-funded enough to be accurate. Dara Lind, Vox, "The citizenship question on the 2020 census, explained," 28 Mar. 2018 With roughly a week to go before the major government spending package known as the omnibus must pass, White House suddenly signals a desire for a DACA-border deal. Tal Kopan, CNN, "A timeline of DACA offers Trump has rejected," 23 Mar. 2018 In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month, the omnibus also wraps in provisions to improve state compliance with the national background check system for firearm purchases as well as funding for school safety programs. Rebecca Shabad /, NBC News, "Government spending deal clears House ahead of Friday deadline," 22 Mar. 2018 The fiscal 2018 omnibus provided $3 million for the State Department to pay some dues to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and its scientific cousin, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "2018 Budget A Mixed Bag for International Environmental Funding," 9 Apr. 2018 This particular omnibus, starting off with the can-be-read-as-standalone novel The Pride of Chanur and continuing with the next two books in the series, is far and away my favorite of her works and shows Cherryh at the absolute top of her game. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "How to review your life’s Amazon buying history—and what we learned from our own," 28 May 2018 In fact, opposition to the omnibus by group members and other conservatives is why Republicans had to turn to Democrats to pass the measure in the first place. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump, GOP plan to rescind budget spending has precedent but rocky path in Congress," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The omnibus bill passed out of the House June 21, eking out a win for proponents of the legislation with a bipartisan vote of 213 to 211. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 While the driving force behind the effort had been Trump's unhappiness and disdain for the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending measure, the package avoids it altogether, largely out of an embrace of reality, one source acknowledged. Phil Mattingly And Daniella Diaz, CNN, "White House to ask Congress to cut spending by $11 billion," 3 May 2018 Many Democrats voted for the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Trump signed in March 2018, which provides $700 billion for the military. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 The new agents will be funded by the $7.7 million included in the omnibus appropriations bill to fix Customs and Border Protection’s shortfall of more than 2,100 officers. Steven Lemongello,, "Orlando International Airport to add 18 new customs officers in 2018," 26 June 2018 Congress’s 2018 omnibus bill provides for $1.3 billion for the program. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The multibillion-dollar business of sheltering migrant children, explained," 23 June 2018 What did not end up in the omnibus spending bill was protection for people enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era program which gives temporary relief to certain people brought to the country illegally as children. CNN, "How often have Senate Democrats from Trump country voted with Republicans?," 15 June 2018 Despite the phaseout in the 2015 omnibus bill, wind developers can still quality for 10 years of subsidies with startup by the end of 2023. WSJ, "Government Is Bad at Picking Energy Winners," 13 June 2018 The stance puts him on the side of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the conservative, free-market group Americans for Prosperity, which recently spent money on pro-Blackburn advertising for her no vote on the omnibus spending bill in March. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "Race for Tennessee Senate seat takes shape on Trump, tariffs," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of omnibus


1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omnibus


French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis


see omnibus entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of omnibus

: of, relating to, or including many things


om·ni·bus | \ˈäm-ni-ˌbəs \
plural omnibuses

Kids Definition of omnibus

: bus

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